A Strong Day For Sato At Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda ended the second day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of next weekend’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in third place as Honda powered team occupied the top four positions.
The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner set a fastest speed of 226.108MPH and speaking after completing 179 laps for the day he commented by saying:
“I would say it was a very productive day. Mid-day we were struggling a little bit in terms of balance but we were trying to find new philosophies. In the end, in the evening I think we were finally able to do a quite-good run in the pack which was quite encouraging. Still there are a few bits and pieces we need to get sorted because I had a huge moment in traffic. But I think it was a very good day with the three of us working together. We’ll be heads down the next two days and do our jobs and hopefully keep climbing up the chart and make the car faster.”
Oriol Servia in the No.64 Scuderia Corsa/Manitowoc Honda ended the day in 10th place and speaking following the action, the Spaniard said:
Well today is only Wednesday, there is still a lot to accomplish but it was definitely a way better day than yesterday. We did a couple of runs completely alone this morning to check our balance towards qualifying and we were quite pleased with the car. Towards the end of the day we did more runs in traffic to see how the car will be in race conditions and we are still not as happy as we want to be on race day but we are definitely making gains. The car is pretty good and no worse than anyone out there. I would say we are a Top-10 car right now. We obviously are aiming higher than that and still have a few days to keep working on our goal. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda endured a tough day ending the afternoon in 34th place with a fastest speed of 222.102MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It wasn’t a great day obviously. The car isn’t very close so we will keep working on it. We spent the first few hours working on qualifying sims (simulations) and did two of them. So we knew that early in our day was committed to that but certainly it wasn’t the finish to the day that we were looking for.